Nov. 20, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Junior middle blockers Kim Turner of Utah and Aspen McPartland of San Diego State headlined the 2002 All-Mountain West Conference Volleyball Team, announced today at the MWC pre-championship banquet.
A three-time All-MWC performer, Turner leads the Mountain West Conference in blocks with 1.61 per game and ranks in the league's top 10 for hitting percentage (.286), kills (3.84 per game) and aces (.35 per game). A native of Chandler, Ariz., Turner set the MWC junior season record for blocks with 67 and ranks third on the MWC career blocks list with 466.
McPartland, of San Diego, Calif., showed her versatility this season as the only MWC student-athlete to hit over .300 (.307) and average more than three kills (3.01) and three digs (3.15) per game. She set the MWC junior record for digs this season with 353 and ranks fifth on the MWC all-time dig list with 799.
Colorado State outside hitter Tess Rogers, of Wiggins, Colo., was named Freshman of the Year after setting the MWC freshman record for kills with 373.
Colorado State head coach Tom Hilbert and San Diego State head coach Mark Warner shared MWC Coach of the Year honors, marking the first award for Warner and a fourth straight for Hilbert. Hilbert has a career record of 336-106 in 14 seasons, including a 162-34 mark in six years at Colorado State. Warner is in his eighth season with the Aztecs and has a record of 137-107. Hilbert has won nine conference coach of the year honors in 14 seasons as a head coach, including five in his six years at CSU. Warner's last conference coach of the year honor came in 1995.
Colorado State and San Diego State each had four student-athletes named to this year' s all-conference team. Three sophomores, Melissa Courtney, Katie Jo Shirley and Lindsey Kerr, joined senior Michelle Knox to represent the Rams. Kerr was designated All-MWC defensive specialist after leading the conference in digs per game and setting the MWC season dig record with 383.
The Aztecs had two seniors and two juniors named to the all-conference squad, including All-MWC Setter Melissa Wright. Wright ranks third on the MWC all-time assist chart with 3,749. McPartland, Nicole Akporiaye and Zlatina Anguelova gave SDSU a four-year high four student-athletes on the team.
Utah had two all-conference players in Kim Turner and Sylva Strzinkova, and both were repeat selections from last year. BYU had two members as Allison Larson and Laura Nielsen earned all-conference honors, while New Mexico junior Anna Reines and Wyoming junior Michele Rauter rounded out this year's team.
Overall, the 2002 All-MWC team was made up of five seniors, six juniors and three sophomores.